After Guido Reni Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos; Aurora, a pair each 49.5 x 87.4cm (19 1
Lot 263
After Guido Reni Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos; Aurora, a pair each 49.5 x 87.4cm (19 1/2 x 34 7/16in), (2).
Sold for £1,080 (US$ 1,815) inc. premium
Lot Details
After Guido Reni
Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos; Aurora, a pair
watercolour and gouache on paper, laid down on canvas
each 49.5 x 87.4cm (19 1/2 x 34 7/16in), (2).

Footnotes

  • Guido Reni’s lost painting of ‘Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos’ was originally commissioned by Queen Henrietta Maria in 1637, who requested a mythological scene to decorate the ceiling of her bedroom in the Queen’s House, Greenwich. It depicts the marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne, accompanied by Venus, Cupid, fauns and putti. The Queen was never to see the work however, as the final composition was considered inappropriate for England's increasingly Puritanical climate.

    Upon the dispersal of the English Royal Collection the painting came into the possession of Michel Particelli d'Emery, an Italian financier. Upon his death in 1650 his widow ordered her servants to cut up and set fire to the work because she thought it so lascivious.
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